September 19, 2012 / 7:43 PM / 6 years ago

Exclusive: Boeing defense CEO says BAE-EADS merger needs scrutiny

Boeing Defense, Space and Security Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Roundtable in Washington September 4, 2012.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A possible merger of Europe’s EADS EAD.PA and Britain’s BAE Systems Plc (BAES.L) would raise national security and industrial questions and should be reviewed carefully by government regulators, the head of Boeing Co’s (BA.N) defense operations said on Wednesday.

“We would expect that to be subjected to all the normal regulatory scrutiny,” Dennis Muilenburg told Reuters at the annual Air Force Association conference. “There are … national security questions, industrial questions, and those will have to be dealt with.”

Muilenburg said the possible merger was “a serious matter that needs to be scrutinized” but said it was difficult to comment further until the two companies released details of the proposed structure of the combined company.

Reporting By Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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